Name: Frontera Grill
Location: Chicago, IL
Meal: Margaritas, Guacamole, Flautas, and Tacos Carbon
Rick Bayless is amazing. I’m pretty sure any of the words I could write up about my experience at Frontera Grill would distract from that key point. From my personal experience I can tell you that everything you’ve seen on Top Chef, in newspaper profiles, or his own show is absolutely true; this man knows how to cook. I will note that you shouldn’t plan a trip to Frontera if you expect to catch a glimpse of Chef Bayless. To me, him not cooking the food is a non- issue; developing such a strong program that it continues to soar without him is a testament to expertise in the restaurant business. The entire meal was great from the subtle heat of the guacamole to the pleasant orange sweetness of the flautas to the smoky beans served with the tacos. The service was impeccable. What Chef Bayless also deserves a lot of credit for is keeping such highly applauded food accessible. As much as Frontera is raved about the prices were maybe $2-$3 more than the chain Mexican restaurant by my apartment in the suburbs. Go, be prepared for a wait, but expect to leave thoroughly impressed with your experience.
Lots more pictures after the jump.